MILLEDGEVILLE, GA – Right-hander Courtney Poole tossed the fourth no-hitter in Peach Belt Conference Tournament history to pace fifth-ranked and top-seeded University of North Georgia to an 8-0 win over eighth-seeded Francis Marion University, late Friday night (April 22) in the final quarterfinal game of the two-day event.
An extra-inning game to open the day's play and a long rain delay forced the first pitch to be pushed back from 6:30 p.m. to a 9:57 p.m. start.
Francis Marion ends its season with a 34-21 record, its highest win total in seven seasons. North Georgia (48-6) advances to Saturday's semifinals.
Senior first baseman Mykah Nevin walked with two outs in the top of the first to account for the only Patriot baserunner. Poole (47-2) retired the final 13 batters she faced and finished the game with two strikeouts.
FMU senior right-hander Shelby Kelley (17-15) took the loss. She surrendered six earned runs on eight hits in the five-inning contest.
UNG lead-off batter Meagan May doubled to start the bottom of the first and two FMU errors allowed her to come around to score one of two Nighthawk runs in the frame. UNG scored four times in the second highlighted by a two-run double off the bat of catcher Jessica Finch. North Georgia pushed across a pair of unearned runs in the bottom of the fourth to account for the final score.
The most recent tournament no-hitter was thrown by former Patriot southpaw Michaela Wolf in 2010.